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Brake Safety Week for truckers

If you have driven across country--or even across town--you have no doubt passed large-tractor trailer trucks. Often, they speed past us with what may seem like little regard for safety. Their size can be intimidating--and for good reason: 10 percent of all highway fatalities occur in accidents with large trucks.

Those are scary statistics

In response to these statistics, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has instituted Brake Safety Week. As cited on overdriveonline.com, Monday marked the beginning of Brake Safety Week across the country. Brake Safety Week will run through September 17. During that time, law enforcement personnel will be inspecting commercial trucks to ensure they have properly working brakes. Anti-lock breaking systems will also be inspected.

During Brake Safety Week last year (2016), 2,321 commercial trucks were placed out-of-service due to out of adjustment brakes, and brake system problems such as worn pads, rotors, and air and hydraulic leaks.

Why inspect the brakes?

Trucks have obvious weight and speed capabilities that even very-large passenger vehicles do not. As such, they also are more likely to cause serious damage. Compared to a car, or even SUV, commercial trucks need a distance 20-40 percent farther in order to stop. Faulty, inefficient or poorly maintained brake systems can create even greater braking distances. Rainy or icy conditions can further exacerbate brake problems.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has instituted safety week to better ensure safer roads for all drivers. You can participate by having your own vehicle's brake systems tested.

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